The LOPEX (Laboratoire d’orthopédie expérimentale - Laboratory of Experimental Orthopaedics) was founded in 1992. Our main goal is to recreate ligaments, but we have consequently also become interested in producing bone equivalents. In addition, the researchers in this laboratory have recently begun a program specifically for the culture of cartilage cells (chondrocytes) in order to transplant them into areas of articular damage.

The following figure illustrates our methodology of tissue reconstruction.

Ligament substitute reconstruction method:

Scientific goals:

Our scientific goals are primarily clinical in nature insofar as the production of tissue-engineered ligaments is concerned. Our efforts are concentrated on obtaining anterior cruciate ligaments for the repair of damage and ruptures in this structure. However, our model can also provide important experimental findings about the physiology and repair of ligaments